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  1. This place will live in our memories forever. It was a solid place of knowledge, integrity, and comfort for us all. And you, Kim, made it all possible. You were the leader this forum needed, and we all love you. It's time for you to enjoy your life, and we are all behind you in that! Always and forever your friend!
  2. ~~ WordPress Web Design ~~ CavalierWebDesign.com Most small businesses wear many hats, and creating their own websites - no matter how simple the site builders claim to be - is usually far outside the scope of business owner to handle themselves. I could possibly change the engine in my car if I wanted to. I mean, how hard could it be with Youtube video instruction, right? But that doesn't mean it makes sense for me to do that. I should hire a skilled mechanic to do that for me. Likewise, a small business needs to focus on what they do best, and outsource web design to those with the experience needed to create such a vital business asset. My goal, always, is to understand what your business needs, and then build a site designed to fill those needs. A website needs to look good, sure, but most importantly, it needs to achieve your business' goals for it. It should be beautiful, effective, optimized, and responsive. Let's discuss what you need from a website, and how I can help make that happen. Making sure YOUR business website is both beautiful and effective...That's MY business. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~~ WordPress Site Maintenance ~~ WPLot.us WP Lotus - I maintain your website. You retain your peace of mind. A website cannot be built and then abandoned. Even if someone is creating content on a regular basis, the backend of the website needs love as well. A site that isn't maintained is a site that is handing out invitations to hackers. But if a business owner doesn't have the time or expertise needed to create her own site, why would she be expected to maintain it 24/7? Who has time to keep it backed up, update themes and plugins, run security scans, monitor uptime, and then...know what to do when things go wrong? I do. I have the time and expertise, and I can take that burden off of you. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Experience I've been working with WordPress since 2004, and with websites in general for quite some time before that. I've tackled most of the various aspects of online business over time, including extensive background in SEO, conversion optimization, content marketing, technical problem solving, eBusiness consulting, and all things WordPress. I specialize in helping small businesses create and maintain effective websites that meet their business goals. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Location Of course, the work I do lends itself naturally to being location-agnostic. Most of my clients live thousands of miles away from me. Nevertheless, if there are any small businesses who appreciate working with local businesses, I am located in Reserve, Louisiana (USA), which is conveniently situated between Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Southeast Louisiana. I'd be happy to meet at a local coffee shop to discuss your website needs. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact Contact me for more info. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    moving my site from HTML to Wordpress

    Here's a post about how to do that at http://www.donnafontenot.com/how-to-convert-a-static-html-site-to-wordpress/ To keep the old extension (like mypage.html), you'll probably want a WP plugin such as https://wordpress.org/plugins/html-on-pages/ or https://wordpress.org/plugins/add-any-extension-to-pages/. However, honestly, I'd consider letting them all change to the standard WP urls such as mypage/ without the .html or .php or .whatever on the end. If you do that, though, you'll definitely need to do 301 redirects from the old to the new urls. Basically, no matter what, any urls that will change should have a 301 redirect for the change. 301 redirected pages can come with a temporary rankings hit, but once Google has re-spidered the url, that generally clears everything up. Keep in mind that ANY change at any time can affect rankings, so moving from static pages to WordPress will automatically introduce a lot of code changes. Make sure your title stays the same, the content remains relatively the same, and you have 301 redirects in place if urls change. Is it easy or difficult to migrate from HTML to WP? That really depends on what the current site's code looks like right now. If it's ancient, and the layout of the content is all controlled by tables, then...good luck. You'll be pulling your hair out. But if it's fairly modern code that uses divs, css, etc., then it might be pretty easy.
  4. For some sites, moving to https won't be that big of a deal. If you're dealing with a relatively small site, on WordPress, and you have a decent host who offers Let's Encrypt, it's almost a piece of cake. If those things don't apply, then it gets relatively more difficult as the size and complexity of the site increases. But Kim, for really small potato clients, it should be pretty easy to get 'em all fixed up.
  5. A simple example ("simple" being how I'm explaining it, not how it's coded) would be to have the script read the page's source, find the part of the code it is evaluating (i.e. the meta description), count the number of characters, and based on pre-defined ranges (i.e. less than 250 characters, 250-270 characters, more than 270 characters), assign a grade to that item, and give advice based on the grade. So, something along the lines of "If number of characters of meta description is less than 250, advise user to make it longer, else if number of characters is between 250 and 270, tell user they rock, or if number is greater than 270, tell user they talk too much". (Numbers are just made up, don't quote me on those). A spreadsheet is nothing more than a database. So if you imagine each column to be a field and each row to be a record, you'll be on track. So, essentially, read in the record (row), grab the content of each field (cell), and plop that content into the spot in your html that has been assigned for that info. So, if your html has a variable like {meta-description} in the spot where the meta description would go, and the program grabs the description out of the spreadsheet for that record, it will put it in the html there. That's sort of the gist of it. I would imagine any web language could be used. My first thought would be php but that's more because I am not familiar with others. How complicated? Eh...not the most complicated thing in the world for sure. Not something just anyone could do either. But any competent developer certainly could handle this, I would think.
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    Wordpress Themes A Mostly Bloated

    Lovely, clean design, with nice big font, that looks good on mobile as well. I'll definitely check it out and if it's as clean under the hood as it looks on the front end, I'll be sure to recommend it far and wide. Thanks for making it and for sharing it.
  7. When used as intended, hashtags let everyone follow a group of posts (facebook posts, tweets, whatever) that are all tied together by the hashtag. So if 823 people tweet about my upcoming wedding, and they aren't all using the same hashtag, then I may never be able to read them all, which means I can't collect them, save them, reply to them, or learn from them. But if all 823 people use the hashtag #donnaandgail then I can just click on the hashtag in anyone's post, and I'll instantly be taken to all posts that use that hashtag. Now I'm looking at a feed of posts that are all related to my wedding, and nothing else. Hashtags are awesome for tying a group of related posts together. If you are having an event, or want to describe something (a political or philosophical idea even), then give it an "official hashtag". In other words, tell everyone to use one particular hashtag every time they post about that even or that thing. Then everyone benefits by being able to follow the topic easily.
  8. TEST. TEST AGAIN. Keep testing until you hit the sweet spot. Don't ask us. Your visitors will tell you. They will either open up their wallets or they won't, at $9, or $10, or $50, or whatever...
  9. UX My understanding: UX is short for User eXperience. i.e. how well does the site satisfy the user? What is the user's experience when navigating the site? Can they find what they need easily? Is their experience while on the site good or bad? Search Behavior My understaning: No idea. Don't use this phrase. Information Architecture My understanding: the URL structure, the navigational structure, etc. The hierarchy. I envision breadcrumbs (even if they don't exist) when thinking about IA. Mobile My understanding: Works well on mobile devices. No fat-finger problems when clicking buttons or links (plenty of spacing), no need to scroll around or enlarge the screen to see text, etc. Easy to see, read, navigate, find things on mobile devices. Accessibility My understanding: making the site accessible to all users, including those with special needs - the blind, the hard of hearing, those who cannot use a mouse, those who use special equipment such as screen readers, etc.
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    Proof Google Hates Apps

    Do what again?
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    Proof Google Hates Apps

    Iamlost, I made this for you:
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    Webmasterworld (Wmw) Was Just Updated

    When asked on Twitter what we thought of it, I was honest. https://twitter.com/DonnaFontenot/status/603582727586226176 Honestly? A tad on the ugly side. Too many shades of blue that don't go together. Frankenstein hodgepodge. I've taken a screenshot. I mean, heck, it's not even totally responsive, as you can see the logo sticks out over the edge. And the different shades of blue don't go together. And yeah, Jon, it's still got the same dated look as before. If you're gonna go through the trouble of redesigning an entire site to make it responsive, you should: 1. Make it really responsive. 2. Really redesign the damn thing. 3. Get some designers to look at it and approve the color scheme at the very least. I called it a Frankenstein because it looks like someone just went through and stuck bits and pieces of designs from somewhere else together with the current one. Hm, we'll take the header design from Template A of xyz forum, and the sidebar design from our old site, and the ugly icons next to the conversations from who knows what, and mash em up all together into our new almost-but-not-quite responsive site. We'll do it this way, cuz Google is forcing us to be responsive, and it's way too friggin hard to do it right, so we'll just wing it. But hey, if you're gonna just wing it, then for pete's sake, don't announce it like it's the next coming of Mickey Mouse. Just carry on and hope no one really notices. (Just my opinion. Maybe most people think it's bee-you-tee-ful. I think it looks even more sucky than it ever did, but hey, maybe that's just me).
  13. This is an awesome tool (or could be). Just tried it on an article I wrote this morning. I like the feedback, but the interface...well...you'll see what happened to me in the screenshot below. That's a wee bit difficult to decipher.
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    Technical Skills For The Future

    The new technical skills for web developers are many. Here's a quick list of acronyms and buzzwords to get anyone started down the path of craziness. Gulp Grunt Angular.js Node.js JSON Bower Less Sass Vagrant VVV Git SVN Composer It's getting exhausting. I can't keep up, and there's no point in me even trying. I'm good at what I do, and I'll continue to do what I do for some time. But at some point, maybe a couple of years down the road, I'll be too far behind the curve. At that point, hopefully, my real-life business as a wedding officiant that doesn't involve the internet at all (short of having a website) will be enough to sustain me. Hopefully, the timing will be right. I have very little wedding business yet, but by then, it should be picking up steam enough to allow me to focus less on web dev and more on officiating weddings. We'll see. If you plan to keep up with web dev at this stage....best of luck!
  15. Web validation - easy to have a standard for. SEO - Until Google et al. says, "put this code on this page and we'll rank you at #1", there's no way to define standards. But honestly, I'm tired of the argument. We've had it for years. And it doesn't sound like I'm making my point clear anyway, so I'll just leave it alone. This won't ever happen anyway, so it's wasted time and words.